The HND in Performing Arts (Dance) builds on previous experience and enables dancers to achieve a qualification at level 5, and to progress their technical and performance skills in essential studio practice of contemporary techniques, jazz dance and commercial dance. To progress their skills as choreographers, facilitators and future dance professionals, students will lead, manage and create work for the department’s own EnHaNCeD Undergraduate Performance Company, with Level 4 students working as the ensemble company, in addition to performing themselves. Students will initiate projects, liaise with external agencies and deliver dance performance for a public audience in the College’s own theatre and for local and national dance events and festivals.
Students will gain essential academic knowledge of research in theory and practice methodologies appropriate for those wishing to complete post graduate study. They will also have an opportunity to develop their workshop leadership and teaching skills in a variety of community and schools settings, under the mentorship of experienced tutors.
Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme develops students’ in-depth understanding of Dance and the possibilities within the genre. Students are challenged about how to direct and manage an ensemble of dancers in performance, EnHaNCeD Dance Company, and will collaborate with their peers and liaise with professional artists and organisations to progress work from its initial stages to final outcome. They will be equipped with the necessary skills to establish their own choreographic and artistic vision and to put this into practice.
Alongside the many practical skills gained, students will develop self-management, self-promotion and interpersonal skills whilst improving their reflective practice and evaluation skills. They will produce a small scale dissertation to feed directly into level 6 Degree level study. There will also be a number of transferable skills gained over the course of the qualification in areas such as problem solving, numeracy, IT and communication.
The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online: